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Cortona and Perugia Tour

Private Cortona and Perugia tour with English speaking drivers and luxury sedans, minivans, minibuses

Cortona is a marvellous town, and a real gem of Tuscany. With a long history behind it, evidence to which are the impressive Etruscan walls, which enclose its characteristic medieval quarters, it is perched on a hill which dominates the Valdichiana, where you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the beautiful surrounding Tuscan countryside and Lake Trasimeno. Recently made even more famous by Frances Mayes with her book and film “Under The Tuscan Sun”, Cortona is definitely one of the best places where art, history, the environment and tradition blend perfectly, where you can taste traditional and authentic Tuscan cooking, and where you can still find tranquillity and a good lifestyle. On leaving Tuscany a beautiful journey awaits you, on a stunning scenic route with enchanting views across the green hills of Umbria and running along the banks of Trasimeno Lake. Perugia is the second stop of the tour, a city rich in art and history, and the cultural centre of the region, where you will be able to see the beautiful sculptural work of the Fontana Maggiore, the cathedral and the Palazzo dei Priori, to then end the visit with a beautiful walk in the elegant and refined Corso Vannucci.


DETAILS

Duration: approximately 7/8 hours


Included: comfortable air conditioned vehicle, private driver (English speaking) at your disposal for duration of tour, taxes, fuel, parking, motorway tolls, meal of the driver, and of “our best”!


Not included: lunch, entrance fees to monuments or museums, wine tasting, and anything not specified as “Included”.


It is possible for the tour to leave from locations in Tuscany and Umbria, within the areas in which we operate (click here to view map) and, based on logistics, the specific programme can be modified



FOCUS ON

Cortona: The foundation of the city is characterized by many legends and is lost in the mists of time, but it is agreed that it was founded by the Umbrians, and then conquered by the Etruscans. During Etruscan times (IX-IVth Centuries BC) the city was one of the 12 lucumonies (city states) belonging to the league and then passed under the domain of Rome in 310 BC. During the Roman period the city went through a thriving and prosperous phase, even if it had to powerlessly assist in the massacre which occurred during the Battle of Lake Trasimeno, between the Carthaginian Hannibal and the Roman army. After a period of decline in the high middle age, the city reflourished during the municipal and renaissance period (XII-XVI Century). It was exactly during this time that Cortona was a free municipality with its own currency, and then became a “signoria” ruled by the Casali family, often found either fighting or allied with many of the nearby cities, such as Siena, Arezzo, Perugia and Florence. It is exactly in 1411 that Cortona came under the control of Florence, following its fate until 1861, the year in which it became part of the unification of Italy.   


DON’T MISS!!!
Etruscan Walls, MAEC (Museo dell’Accademia Etrusca), palazzo del Municipio, Via Nazionale (Corso).


Perugia:
Founded by the Etruscans in the IX/Xth Century BC, it was one of the 12 state cities of the Etruscan league. In 295 BC it was conquered by the Romans, where centuries of prosperity, wellbeing and development followed. In 1139 it became a free municipality, ruled by consuls or priori, and in 1308 one of the first universities in the world was founded here. It was one of the main cities of the middle age, often in rivalry with Arezzo, Cortona, Siena and Florence, for the political and territorial dominance, until when, in the XVIth Century, it was conquered by Pope Paul III and became part of the Papal State. With the plebiscite of 1861 it joined the newborn united Italy.


DON’T MISS!!!
Palazzo dei Priori, Museo nazionale dell’Umbria, Fontana Maggiore, Rocca Paolina, Corso Vannucci